St. John’s University prides itself in furthering the education of students through the enhancement of technology. The Information Technology department manages these upgrades by providing information and network services to the entire campus and surrounding community. St John’s commitment to making a strong incorporation of technology in teaching, learning, and research is best exemplified by its laptop program, but ironically, it is only available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Even some of the freshmen complain that the laptop program is not all it's cracked up to be. Some students opt out of the program all together and buy their own computers.
Even though the computers at St. John’s can be very helpful tools, they run incredibly slow at times. It gets bothersome because more chances than not, the computers or the printers are not working, which makes finishing coursework sometimes difficult. With the sizeable amount of money students pump into tuition, they expect the computers to be up-to-date and running efficiently. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. A student’s best choice is to invest in a laptop, if he or she can afford it. The freedom from worrying about backed-up lines, computers not working, and having to feel crammed is truly priceless.